July 19, 2010

Matt Kellogg Named Ferris State Women's Soccer Head Coach

The Ferris State University women's soccer program will have a new leader directing the Bulldogs as Matt Kellogg, an assistant at Morehead (Ky.) State University, has been named FSU's new head women's soccer coach in an announcement made this Monday (July 19) by Ferris State Interim Athletics Director Keri Becker.

Kellogg, who was in his second season at NCAA Division I Morehead (Ky.) State, becomes the fourth head coach in the 11-year history of the FSU women's soccer program.  He replaces Neathan Gibson, who resigned in April. 

"I've spent the last seven years with the goal of directing a college program and now I'm ready," said Kellogg.  "I'm thankful to Keri (Becker) and the administration at Ferris State for giving me an opportunity to show what I can do.  I grew up in Michigan so it's going to be nice being close to a lot of my friends and relatives which I haven't seen in a while."  

"We are excited Matt Kellogg will become a part of our Bulldog family," said Becker.  "He will bring a great deal of game knowledge, recruiting connections, and enthusiasm to the women's soccer program.  The team is hungry for a renewed energy that will help them reach their potential and Matt was a great match to lead this team!"

Kellogg quickly made an impact at Morehead State this past fall in his initial season as the 2009 Eagles team captured the program's first-ever Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) regular-season championship with a 5-0-3 conference record while posting an 8-7-4 overall mark.  Kellogg was responsible for instructing the MSU goalkeepers and turned in a commendable performance as the squad's two netminders combined for five shutouts, a 1.42 goals-against average, and a .713 save percentage in 19 matches.  Besides coaching the goalkeepers, Kellogg served as the Eagles' recruiting coordinator.

Kellogg joined the Morehead State program after spending both the 2007 and 2008 campaigns as an assistant at the University of Kentucky under current MSU head coach Warren Lipka.  He was the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator as part of his assigned duties and moved up into the head coaching position on an interim basis following Lipka's departure to Morehead State. 

Prior to his stint at UK, Kellogg served three seasons (2004-07) as an assistant at Western Michigan University where he received his Master's Degree in sports administration in 2005.  He also was the head women's soccer coach at Kalamazoo (Mich.) College from December 2002 to February 2004 after being an assistant at the school for the 2002 season.  Kellogg has also spent several seasons working for the United States Olympic Development Program in various coaching roles.

A 2000 graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., Kellogg earned his Bachelor's degree in marketing in 2000 and was a two-year letterwinner in men's soccer and also participated one season in track.  While at Butler, Kellogg studied abroad in Australia for seven months.

A highlight of Kellogg's coaching career occurred at age 22 when he was in a halo brace for 12 weeks and despite the injury was able to coach a high school soccer team to a state championship title.

Kellogg, a 1996 graduate of Plainwell (Mich.) High School, was a two-time all-state and all-conference performer in soccer at the prep level.  The team captain as a senior, Kellogg lettered four years apiece in both soccer and track along with two years in swimming and diving for the Trojans.  He also was a two-year National Honor Society member. 

Kellogg is the son of Jack and Carole Kellogg of Plainwell, Mich.  He holds an United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National B License and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Goalkeeping Certificate.  

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